Board Members

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Connie Froggatt - President

Connie Froggatt is the Vice Chair of the Montgomery County School Board representing District F. She previously served as President and Treasurer of the MCEF. Connie is the past President of the BHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization and also served on the PTA boards at Blacksburg Middle School and Kipps Elementary School. She was also the Parent Representative for the Blacksburg High School Building Committee. Connie is an alumna of Radford University and lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Mark. They have two daughters.

Dr. Mark Miear - Superintendent of Schools


Mark Miear, Ed.D., began his tenure as the Superintendent in MCPS on January 4, 2016. Dr. Miear previously served as the Assistant Superintendent for Winchester Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia. He has also served as Director of Secondary Education, a high school Principal, a high school Associate Principal, an Assistant Director of Personnel and a history teacher. Dr. Miear also served in the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Miear earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Liberty University, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Virginia. Dr. Miear lives in Blacksburg with his wife, Meredith, and their five children.

Deana Sentman - Vice President

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Deana Sentman is currently the Supervisory Accountant for Third Security LLC, a venture capital firm in Radford, Virginia. She is a graduate of Radford University (BBA Accounting and Finance) and Virginia Tech (Masters of Taxation). She has over 10 years of experience in public and private accounting with specialization experience in non-profits, real estate, investment firms, and manufacturing. She is a member of the AICPA and VSCPA, and a recipient of the VSCPA Top 5 under 35 Accountants in Virginia. She lives in Christiansburg with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Kelly Bewick - Treasurer


Kelly Bewick is currently the Chief Financial Officer at TechLab, Inc. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and chartered global management accountant (CGMA) with 20 years of experience. Kelly has performed many financial roles including CFO and several corporate controller positions for both public and private companies throughout the New River and Roanoke Valleys. Kelly graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S in Finance. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband and daughter.

Henry Bass

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Henry Bass is the founder, owner, and president of Automation Controls, Inc. since 1996. He enjoys all things technical, from websites and databases to radio controlled flight and autonomous robots. He has a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degree. Bass was deployed to Iraq from 2008-2009 through the Army Reserves.  When not at work, Henry cherishes time with his family, leads Boy Scouts, coaches FIRST Robotics Tuxedo Pandas, and serves the Virginia Tech Army ROTC. Henry also serves on the board of directors for the Roanoke Blacksburg Technology Council and the Education Committee of the Montgomery Co. Chamber of Commerce. As a Certified Professional Behavior Analyst, he moderates several groups for the LX Council. He lives in Christiansburg with his wife of 26 years, Lisa, and their two boys, Eric and Ethan.

Sarah Black

Sarah Black is a Co-Founder of the 100+ Women Who Care New River Valley Chapter and is active with the Kipps Elementary PTO. Sarah earned an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds active SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is a registered CPA. Sarah’s professional experience includes international and domestic audit in Big Four public accounting, national college recruitment for a Fortune 100 company, and leadership roles with executive search organizations. She lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Jonathan, and their three young children.

Dr. Lois Graham

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Dr. Lois Graham is the Deputy Superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has worked as Assistant Superintendent, Director of Elementary Education, Principal, Assistant Principal and a teacher. Dr. Graham has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a bachelor's degree in Special Education from Radford University. She also earned her master's degree in Special Education from Radford University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia. She lives in Christiansburg with her husband, Milton.

Marti Graham


Marti Graham is a member of the Montgomery County School Board representing District E. She was a board member in the PTAs at Rainbow Riders Childcare Center, Prices Fork Elementary, Blacksburg Middle School, and Blacksburg High School.  Marti recently retired from a 35-year career in Information Technology. She now substitute teaches in surrounding counties and runs her own quilting business. Marti is a graduate of Radford University and lives in the Blacksburg-McCoy area with her husband, Steve.  They have two daughters, Courtney and Mackenzie.

Aaron Harris

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Aaron Harris is the Owner and Principal Broker of Pointe West Management Company, a Property Management firm serving the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas.  She currently serves as Treasurer of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and was recently named 2016 Emerging Business Woman of the Year.  Aaron is a member of the Christiansburg Rotary Club and also serves as the Rotary District 7570 Interact Chair working to engage high school students in Rotary Service. She also taught Junior Achievement at Auburn Middle School. Aaron lives in Riner and has 2 sons, Nolan and Preston.

Bonnie Smith

Bonnie Smith, a life-long resident of Montgomery County, retired from Shawsville Middle School after teaching 30 years in Montgomery County Public Schools. She attended Radford University receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education. Bonnie lives with her husband Monte. They have one daughter.

Annie Whitaker

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Annie Whitaker is the Director of Human Resources for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has a bachelor's degree in English, and master's degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership from Radford University. Whitaker served as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum & Instruction with Bland Co. Public Schools. She was an Assistant Principal for Galax City Public Schools. Whitaker was an Assistant Principal and a middle school teacher in Pulaski Co. Public Schools.

Our Mission

The mission of the Montgomery County Educational Foundation is to provide financial support to enable students, teachers, and administrators to discover, advance, and enhance educational opportunities. An investment in our schools is an investment in this community and the development of productive global citizens. The Foundation's goals include:

  • Provide opportunities beyond the scope of available public resources in preschool through 12th grade.

  • Provide resources for creativity and innovative programs and materials.

  • Strengthen educational leadership to improve student achievement.

  • Seek and develop avenues for businesses, individuals, and organizations to contribute to MCPS.

Our Vision

The Montgomery County Educational Foundation is dedicated to engaging the community and providing sustainable funding to broaden the educational opportunities for all students by empowering educators and encouraging innovation.